November 2009

Head teacher jailed for child porn possession

A former head teacher of a Fife school who admitted downloading almost 3,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for two years.

David Wilson will also spend two years under supervision after his release.

Wilson, 48, from Paisley, was head teacher at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes at the time of the offences.

He was detected as part of the Operation Algebra investigation, which has led to the arrest of about 200 suspected paedophiles around the world.

Wilson was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Last month at the High Court in Glasgow he pleaded guilty to possessing and downloading the images of children between 2004 and 2008.

He was suspended from the post in February 2009.

Wilson was traced because detectives found he had communicated by e-mail with a member of a paedophile gang, John Milligan.

Milligan was recently sentenced to 17 years for a string of child sex charges.

After establishing the link between Wilson and Milligan, police seized computer equipment belonging to the head teacher.

Lord Kinclaven said he was imposing an extended sentence because of the gravity of the offending.